Discussing and Drafting a Constitution.
Step 1 of forming an Organisation.
Most organisations start by a group of individuals coming together to pursue a common aim or interest. For a collection of individuals to form an organisation, they need to establish a governing document, which for unincorporated organisations (see below) is normally referred to as the constitution. A constitution is a legal document, which sets out the purpose of and rules for governing an organisation and is required for the following reasons:
To ensure that an organisationís aims are clear and agreed by its members;
To provide mechanisms for making decisions and resolving disputes;
To gain credibility with bank managers and funders;
To outline responsibility for different aspects of running the organisation and to ensure accountability;
To enable the organisation to register as a charity, an industrial and provident society or a company limited by guarantee (see below).
Once a draft constitution has been agreed, it needs to be formally adopted at a meeting. From that point, in accordance with the constitution, a management committee is elected and officers (Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer etc) are elected or appointed and new members can join. The organisation should also open a bank account in the name of the organisation.
What will our constitution consist of ?
Right, well I think we should start with an indepth description of MMA, the history and modern day apects of the sport. I feel it is important that anyone reading it needs to gain a good insight as to where the sport came from and its popularity and growth in its modern form.. for example :
Memorandum of Association
In 648 B.C.E., the Greeks introduced the sport of pankration into the Olympic Games. The word pankration is a combination of two Greek words, pan, meaning “all,” and kratos, meaning “powers”. This is an accurate depiction of the sport itself, as it was a potent mixture of Hellenic boxing and wrestling. The sport only truly had two rules: no biting and no eye gouging, though even these techniques were allowed by the Spartans. The bouts could end only when one competitor was knocked unconscious, or submitted to his opponent by raising his hand. Often times, these matches would last for hours, and sometimes ended with the death of one, or even both competitors. The sport became the most popular event in the Olympic Games, and across the Hellenic world.
Ancient Greek pankratiasts became heroes, and the subject of numerous myths and legends. These include the legends of Arrichion, Dioxxipus, Polydamos and even Hercules was believed to be a pankratiast. Alexander the Great sought out pankratiasts as soldiers because of their legendary skills at unarmed combat. When he invaded India in 326 B.C.E., he had a great number of pankratiasts serving with him. This is believed to be the beginning of Asian martial arts, as most Asian martial arts trace their history to India at around this time. Pankration is the first recorded form of what would later come to be known as Mixed Martial Arts.
what say you ?